Choosing a company specializing in foundation crack repair is essential when it is time to improve your image with new prospects, avoid a drop in the value of your property and protect yourself against accidents or health problems.
While there are hundreds of companies that specialize in this area, in Canada it will also be very easy for you to find a good number of bad customer experiences on social networks (or the internet, in general).
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In order to guide you towards quality companies, we have accumulated for you a list of the best foundation crack repair companies.
|Enterprises||Google My Business rating|
|Groupe Fissure Expert Inc.||5.0|
|Mori Inspection 7||4.8|
|Groupe Nadeau Inc.||5.0|
1. Expert Crack Group:
Fissure-Expert is a company specializing in the repair of cracks of walls and concrete foundations in Montreal. They have been operating in the Greater Montreal area for several years now and dedicate paramount importance to a job well done and customer satisfaction.
2. Mori Inspection 7
Located in the heart of the city of Brossard, Inspection Mori 7 specializes (as its name suggests) in building inspection on the South Shore. Now headed by Yves Morissette, the company offers pre-purchase, preventive and pre-delivery inspection services.
Inspection Mori 7 also engages in the inspection of different components, such as ventilation, structure, insulation, roofing and many others.
3. Groupe Nadeau Inc.
Groupe Nadeau Inc. specializes in excavation, earthmoving, demolition and snow removal established, today, a real relationship of trust with its customers. Serving mainly the Chaudière-Appalache and Central Quebec regions, they offer their service using state-of-the-art equipment and professional and certified teams in the field of excavation.
4. Marctot Renovation
Today managed by entrepreneur Marc-André Fortin, Rénovation Marctot offers a quality and dynamic service offer in the residential and commercial renovation sector.
Located in the heart of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, this company’s reputation has been built by word of mouth. Illustrating, by the same token, the extent of customer satisfaction and quality work.
5. Construction Agrénor:
Specialized in the field of construction and renovation, Construction Agrénor is today considered one of the leading companies in the field of construction. Located in the beautiful city of Val-D’Or, the latter has been operating for several years and provides services of irreproachable quality, thanks to a quality and experienced workforce.
What are the most common cracks?
It is clear that foundation cracks can be subject to real questions, when it comes to discussing the annual maintenance of your home (or corporation), when buying or reselling a property or simply to send a good image to your customers, when it brushes the floors of your office.
Here, we wonder about the plurality of foundation cracks that can be revealed on your home and their chance of recurrence. In other words: “What are the most common types of cracks?”
In this chapter, we will mainly talk about 2 types of cracks popular in the foundation world: “Shrinkage Cracks” as well as horizontal and vertical cracks.
The shrinkage crack: What is it?
The shrinkage crack is a popular crack that tends to appear a few months after the completion of a building’s construction. Since in the composition of concrete, we find water (in small or large quantities), it is now considered normal that when this material dries, it cracks. One reason for this is that when water evaporates, slightly heavier particles are attracted to the ground.
This type of crack tends to form up to 15 months after water flow and develops mainly near windows or doors. Very few houses do not have any shrinkage cracks.
Horizontal and diagonal foundation cracks
In general, a horizontal crack is never synonymous with good building health. In contrast to the shrinkage crack (which can literally be considered anecdotal), the horizontal and/or diagonal crack are, in the long term, much more serious.
A logical hypothesis for the creation of this crack would be the pressure of the ground against the foundations themselves, causing a subsidence, under the concrete footings serving as support.
Although this type of crack can be the premise of a much more serious phenomenon, if you perceive, within the enclosure of your building, a crack that tends to be horizontal or diagonal, we strongly advise you to call a structural engineer or a company specializing in foundation repair.
What are the most common causes of foundation cracks?
As mentioned before, one of the most frequent causes of one of the most frequent foundation problems (the one on the shrinkage crack), remains the phenomenon of concrete hardening.
The latter occurs when the water is in full evaporation phase and the heavy particles are themselves attracted to the ground.
In general, this problem can be solved by injecting polyurethane foam into the problematic crack.
The consolidation of a clay soil
This type of problem is very popular in older neighborhoods. In general terms, the consolidation of clay soil and drying is explained by the drawdown of groundwater, leading to a significant drought.
An interesting (and probably even the most effective) solution to this problem may be the installation of hydraulic piles at the foundation.
In the presence of gelling materials, rich in moisture or embedded in clay soils, the phenomenon of adhesion freezing is likely to produce cracks in your soil.
By freezing, the ground will swell from above and drag the concrete with it. If you observe this phenomenon well after the construction of the building, it is possible that it is due to recent work done on the property.
What are the elements to consider when choosing a crack repair company?
In general, in order to properly select a reliable and truly professional crack repair company, you will need to meet several selection criteria. Indeed, many people have tried to call on professionals for foundation problems and it is, unfortunately, to pick up with new additional loads, sloppy work as well as somewhat unstable professionalism.
In order to choose this type of company, you will first have to ask yourself about the number of works they have been able to carry out and the general customer satisfaction of the company.
In general, you can always ask the chosen company (or contractor) for the portfolio listing the different clients with whom they have done business.
Another good indicator to determine whether the selected entity is reliable (or not) is to find out about all the professional accreditations they have obtained, within the framework of their field.
Finally, you can always refer to the different ratings and opinions present on platforms such as Google My Business or popular discussion forums.